Kaduna pilgrims allege ‘malpractices’
Some pilgrims from Kaduna State who performed this year’s Hajj yesterday alleged malpractices by some officials of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board.
In an interview with our correspondent, the pilgrims alleged that officials of the board were collecting bribes and substituting names of pilgrims on the return list schedule.
“I was supposed to return to Kaduna with the fourth flight because I travelled to Saudi Arabia with the same flight. However, when the manifest of the flight was released, 15 names, including mine, were missing. We complained to the pilgrims officers but they did not do anything about it’’, one of the pilgrims, Ibrahim Musa Zangon Kataf said.
He said, “We went to the state office in Mecca and the officials there told us that our names were not in the flight manifest because the National Hajj Commission prepared the list. However, we later discovered that some pilgrims who wanted to return early bribed their way and made the list. Also, some ‘privileged’ people were included on the flight’’.
He further stated “I think Kaduna State government needs to do an overhaul of the board, largely because of the nonchalant attitude of most officials and the fact that they engage in sharp practices’’.
Checks by our correspondent revealed that some of the pilgrims that were removed from the fourth flight include Mohammed Garba, Igabi, Yelwa Kadege, Tukur Idris and Ibrahim Musa, Zangon Kataf.
It was also found that the trend of replacing names still ongoing; this is apart from the snail-pace of airlift of pilgrims back home.
When contacted, a member of Kaduna State Hajj Task Force, Alhaji Sa’idu Adamu, confirmed that some names were removed from the fourth flight, “but the problem was not from our end. It was done by National Hajj Commission and that is why we complained to them.”